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Deadline nears for annual Painted Ladies Competition

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  • The grand prize winner of last year's Painted Ladies Competition was in Elgin.

    The grand prize winner of last year's Painted Ladies Competition was in Elgin.
    Courtesy of Fred Strauss

David Brimm

The Chicago Paint and Coatings Association, now celebrating its 126th anniversary, is announcing the kickoff of its 28th annual Chicago Finest Painted Ladies and Her Court Competition: a "beauty contest" for homes. The contest encourages homeowners and professional painters to compete. The contest runs from Memorial 2013 Day and concludes on Labor Day 2014.

This contest encourages not only the more traditional Victorian style homes and business to participate but other styles as well. Examples of other styles include: Tudors, Georgians, and Colonials etc. Other creative projects will also be considered as separated categories, such as gazebos, entry doors etc. A list of categories can be found on the available entry form and at the website

The Chicago Paint & Coatings Association is made up of member companies who are manufacturers, raw material suppliers and distributors for the coating industry.

"Even in times like now, paint adds color, change and provides a fresh look to the interior and exterior of homes at a reasonable cost. It's a solid investment for the homeowner" commented Bill Heiden, CPCA publicity committee chairman.

In general, the rules are that homes must be painted between Labor Day 2013 and Labor Day 2014 to be considered. The entries are judged on how the paint and colors chosen were used to enhance the appearance of the property.

Also taken into consideration by the judges is how well the colors fit the neighborhood and the area that surrounds the structure. The public libraries have books on how to create a "Painted Lady." The trend of paying more attention to choice of color and detail seems to be part of current living. In some instances entire neighborhoods have been inspired to freshen up their homes and there literally are hundreds of colors or shades of colors to choose from to create a better looking home or business.

The Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas are divided in five sectors: North, Northwest, West, Southwest and South; and two categories "nonprofessional" and "professionally painted." Winners are selected from the categories found on the entry form.

Not every category may produce a winner in a given year and more than one winner may be selected from a category. Once selected, the winners will be notified by phone. As in the past, the home or business owner will be awarded an enlarged professionally photographed picture of their home or business that is matted, framed and presented at a special awards dinner in the fall. In addition, a grand prize winner will also be selected and will be honored with an engraved plaque. Professional contractors are awarded a certificate. Many of the winners are featured in area newspapers!

Please contact the Chicago Paint & Coatings Association to obtain more information and an application. Call (847) 240-0102, or write CPCA, 1701 Woodfield Road, Suite 205, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

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